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 SRU's Joanne Leight named PSAHPERD 'Teach of the Year' 



November 4, 2009

CONTACT: K.E. Schwab




SRU's Joanne Leight named PSAHPERD 'Teacher of Year'


            SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Joanne Leight, associate professor of physical education and a double Slippery Rock University graduate, has been named "Teacher of the Year" for the college/university division of the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. The award will be presented Nov. 20 at a Valley Forge Convention Center luncheon.

            Leight, a 14-year member of the SRU faculty, has been an active member of PSAHPERD at state and local levels. She has served on numerous committees and undertaken a variety of leadership positions. She is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education, the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Women's Consortium.

            "It is exciting to have been selected for the award. I have enjoyed working with PSAHPERD, and am pleased to join a number of my fellow SRU faculty who have previously receiving this honor," Leight said.

            PSAHPERD is a non-profit membership association supporting professionals working to encourage active and healthy lifestyles.

            At SRU, Leight has specializes in implementing technology in physical education/teacher education and has developed technology-focused curriculum for the University's undergraduate and graduate students that is being used as a model at other universities.

            Leight developed a coaching minor at SRU, has supervised SRU student teachers in Mexico City and Dublin, and led a group of SRU coaching minor students to London.

            Leight, who has received more than $400,000 in grants aimed at infusing technology in the curriculum and who serves on several technology-related and other committees, regularly presents her research on technology at national, state and local conferences.

            She has participated actively in developing the NASPE PIPEline Technology program, as well as designing an electronic portfolio template for the NASPE STARS program. She serves as technology editor for JOPERD and publishes in her area of expertise. She created "Technology for PETE," a handbook used by all SRU physical education/teacher education majors.

            She was on the physical education faculty at Westminster College before coming to SRU.

            Leight earned her doctoral degree in instructional leadership, with a certificate in instructional technology, at Duquesne University in 2004. She earned her bachelor of science in health and physical education and her master of science in physical education: sport psychology/sport sociology at SRU.


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.


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